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Difference between probe, toner, and wire tracer

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#1 drwmbt


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 03:22 PM

hey guys,


i have done some rennovations and need to re-trace all my wires and verify that they have not been broken.


Im kind of at a loss for which tool i need here and was wondering, just for future reference if someone can tell me what the difference is between:


Cable Probe

Cable Toner

and Wire Tracer.

Cable mapper?


Im using this to trace Cat 6 POE ethernet jacks.


Which tool would you use to "verify" cables? as well as other things you can do with them


 Any tool that can do continuity, low voltage, wire tracing etc. (All?) features?

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#2 Wand3r3r


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 04:53 PM

You would use a cat6 cable tester if you want to certify all aspect of the cable like cross talk, etc. 




Toner and probe give you distance faults and continuity.



#3 drwmbt

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 10:42 AM

Thank you i ended up doing some quick video searches and saw some folks on the internet demo'ing their companies products that basically elucidated the whole ordeal for me.


Suffice to say that depending on how much you want to spend, some devices will do 1, 2 or all of the above features, and some will do some things but not others due to the limitations of the scope of the hardware built.

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